Why do people kneel on a SUP?
For beginners this is an excellent way to get your balance and get used to being on a board. It is also a good way to get through surf as you leave a beach. If it is windy, by kneeling down you will drift less.
What equipment do I need?
As a minimum, you’ll need a paddleboard, wetsuit, buoyancy aid, paddle and leash.
You should also bring a waterproof bag in which to store your phone and tether this to your buoyancy aid.
We always recommend you wear a wetsuit. If you fall in, a wetsuit will help your body acclimatise to the cold water so it’s much safer than a swimsuit.
What size SUP do I need?
Paddleboards are available in many sizes and shapes from around 2.5m to 5.5m. It’s ideal to start with a board around 3.4m long by 75cm wide.
You need a good paddle, that is as long as your height plus 20cm, plus a heavy-duty leash that is the same length as your board.
Can I hire paddling kit?
You can hire kit from a few of places locally. Some offer equipment only while others will only hire equipment as part of an organised activity.
- Explore Lismore
- Craobh Haven Watersports
- Paddle Power and Adventure
What do I do if I get intro trouble or see another paddler experiencing difficulties?
Stay with your paddleboard. Call the coastguard on: Call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard in an emergency. (If you don’t have a signal, your phone will try to connect you to the nearest network.)